Towngate Framing is proud to have Guild Commended Framers working on all the framing work that comes into the company. The Commended Framer is recognised as the qualification for the framing industry. Qualified GCF's are now framing in 25 countries worldwide. The qualification is administered by the Fine Art Trade Guild who organize the examinations. These are rigorous and consist of an inspection of the candidate’s work, practical tasks set by the examiner, and a written paper.
Since 1910 the Fine Art Trade Guild has been setting standards that are recognised by the art and framing industry worldwide. In 1994 the Guild introduced the Guild Commended Framer qualification as a benchmark for framers skills. This ensures that any customers that choose a GCF are assures that the art will be framed professionally and to the standard discussed when the artwork is brought in and framing is looked at. Towngate Framing is proud to have 2 GCF framers, Peter Hayton (the 4th person to become certified) and Katie Herriman. Both are award winning framers and Towngate Framing has a collection of award winning and finalist pieces on display in our workshop and gallery.